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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, MOPAR, Project Cars

The Charger – Honeymoon’s Over, Let’s Check Out The Bad Parts Of Our Late B-Body

Did you miss the introduction to the Charger? You can read about it here! Now that the odometer is reading about a thousand miles more than the day I brought it home, it’s high time I started...

Unhinged: The Final Project Car? I Believe I Have Found It

You have to hand it to my wife, Haley. She not only knew what she was signing up for when she decided that I was worth marrying, but she was on board fully. She knew I flocked to beaters. She still...

Introducing: Project Beachcomber, our 1979 Dodge Ramcharger

It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s also been said that everything is better topless. For both of these reasons, you’re now reading about the latest addition...

Rough Start Fox Body: Transmission Work, New Quarter Windows…AND IT RUNS!

My last update on the Rough Start Fox Body Mustang was on January 20th, 2021. In that update, I highlighted that I painted the driver’s side fender because I was bored, plonked in new one-piece...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Gauge Lights That Actually Light Up!

If you’ve been around BangShift a while…especially if you’ve been in the Forums for a long time…then you might have heard a running joke or two about my luck with gauge lights...

Rough Start Fox Body: Disjointed Progress Is Still Progress!

I want to make something clear as a bell: when I said my goodbyes to the Imperial and welcomed in a Fox Body Mustang with open arms to replace it, the idea was that I was finally getting a project...

Henry’s Hot Rod: We Investigate, Remediate, and Get Our Little Mongrel Ford Tractor Up And Working!

Well, we have a running tractor now! After the first installment of our Henry’s Hot Rod project it was time for the fun stuff, actually wrenching on our tractor that is parts 2N, parts 9N, and...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: We Road-Trip Our Four-Eye Fox Over 450 Miles To Alabama And Back!

For the past few years, I’ve promised Austin Griggs, the man behind Ratty Muscle Cars, that I would bring a car to his race that met the qualifications to run. For the past few years,...

The Dirty Cougar: Unexpected Rhinoplasty And A Warning For Winter Weather

The moment the clock struck 5 p.m. yesterday, was the moment that I fully intended to shut my phone off so that my wife and I could enjoy a night out for our anniversary together without any sort of...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Back On All Four Feet!

In case you missed our veiled update on Project Great Pumpkin, the 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia that has been in my wife’s family since new, here’s a rough synopsis: I had finally gotten off of...

BangShift Tune-Up: “Head Against The Wall” by Anew Revolution (2010)

Oh, readers…let me tell you about the fun that the last few days at BangShift Mid-West have been. You see, after weeks of heat and humidity, and a few days of outright hellish rain storms that...

Rough Start Fox Body: Tearing The Transmission Down To The Bone

In the last update of our $600 1989 Ford Mustang LX project beater, we had dropped in the engine and the radiator assembly. It’s been a couple of weeks…you would think that you...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: The PITA Front Suspension Drama

It’s been three months since I’ve put wrenches to the 1980 Mustang Ghia that we call the Great Pumpkin, and it’s simply because I’ve been pissed-off at the car. Other than...

Rough Start Fox Mustang: Radiator, Fan, And Some Electrical Tidbits

Oooh, would you look at that…there’s an engine sitting in the bay of the Rough Start Fox! It is a hollow victory as there is no transmission, no way to fire the engine off at the moment,...